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Churchill – Tundra Lodge and Town Adventure

Churchill Polar Bear Tour

  • Small Group
  • Land Based Adventures
  • 28 Capacity
  • 8 Days
  • 2016 View Departure>
    • 2016
    • Oct 11 Tue
    • Oct 13 Thu
    • Oct 15 Sat
  • Price from
  • $7,595

Summary : Looking for a polar bear adventure that combines the best of both worlds? You've found it! Spend two nights at the exclusive Tundra Lodge, a custom-designed rolling hotel that offers unparalleled seclusion and proximity to wild polar bears—then add two nights in the historic town of Churchill, for cultural activities and a chance to meet the hardy locals who call this subarctic outpost home. Experience the thrill of Polar Rover excursions on the tundra, close-up bear viewing from the safe and cozy confines of the Tundra Lodge, a comprehensive tour of Churchill, plus an exciting ride with a working sled dog team. This multifaceted trip truly does it all.

Activities : Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Arrive in Winnipeg and transfer to the historic Fort Garry Hotel. Built in 1913 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, this prestigious landmark has long been a symbol of genteel elegance in the heart of Manitoba's capital, which was once a fur-trading post and railway boomtown. This evening, meet for an orientation dinner with your Expedition Leader

Day 2
Winnipeg to Churchill / Tundra Lodge

Fly to Churchill and transfer to the Tundra Lodge by polar rover, watching for Arctic wildlife against the vast white landscape along the way. A presentation on polar bears by one of your Expedition Leaders provides an enlightening introduction to your Far North adventure. Dinner is served at the Tundra Lodge, where you may see polar bears wandering outside your windows.

Day 3 – 4
Tundra Lodge

The Tundra Lodge is strategically positioned at the beginning of each season in the best area for bear viewing. Inquisitive bears often approach the lodge, which features rows of windows and fenced observation decks to accommodate your own curiosity. You can spend hours watching them interact, delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. You may see mothers with cubs, and young adult males play-fighting. Your unique location, combined with half-day excursions in special all-terrain tundra vehicles, affords the best possible wildlife experience in the Churchill area.

In addition to polar bears, you may see caribou, Arctic fox, Arctic hare, ptarmigan, and snowy owls. At the end of each exhilarating day, retire to your cozy accommodations for dinner and presentations. In the light cast by your lodge across the frozen tundra, look for the illuminated eyes of animals. And if you are fortunate to have a clear night, the North's spectacular natural light show may appear as darkness descends. Churchill has some of the world's most concentrated aurora borealis activity.

Day 5
Polar Bear Viewing / Town of Churchill

Today, depart the Tundra Lodge, scouting for more polar bears and other Arctic wildlife as you drive back to Churchill. Later, you'll return to Churchill and check into a hotel in this former Hudson Bay Company trading post. Enjoy dinner at a restaurant in town, followed by an evening presentation.

Day 6
Churchill / Dog Sledding

Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Churchill, which will also include cultural activities that highlight the history and Native heritage of the area. There will be an opportunity to wander the few blocks that comprise ‘downtown,’ with a chance to pick up some souvenirs and Native handicrafts from the local shops. Learn about a distinctly northern pastime: dog sledding—meet a local musher and hear all about this traditional means of Arctic transportation, interacting with the lively dog team as you learn about their care and training. Then take turns enjoying an exhilarating ride as the dogs whisk you down a trail through the boreal forest. This evening, have dinner in town followed by a cultural presentation.

Day 7
Churchill / Winnipeg

Depending on flight schedules, you may have time for some last-minute exploration of this subarctic frontier community, and a possible optional helicopter tour over the tundra—a great chance to spy polar bears from the air. Enjoy a farewell lunch together in Churchill before your return flight to Winnipeg, followed by a reception and final night at the Fort Garry Hotel.

Day 8
Winnipeg / Home

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home.

Notes

Departure dates and itinerary subject to change. Please contact ExpeditionTrips to confirm departure schedule before purchasing air tickets. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

The Tundra Lodge:

This facility is a remarkable rolling hotel that is positioned at the beginning of the season in an area known for having lots of bears around. It has 32 rooms, each being a single compartment similar to a room on a train. There are 3 general toilets and 2 showers. The lounge and dining areas have sliding windows, perfect for bear viewing and photography. The Tundra Lodge provides an extremely comfortable and private northern expedition experience.

Getting There & Getting Home: In case of flight or weather delays, it is recommended that you arrive a day early and either participate in the Extra Day in Winnipeg program or stay on your own. Your expedition begins with a 7 pm welcome dinner on Day 1. You are free to depart at any time on the final day.

Included:
R/T flight from Winnipeg to Churchill; accommodations; all meals; services of professional Expedition Leaders and assistants; some gratuities; all activities/entrance fees; dog sledding excursion; evening wildlife and cultural presentations; all taxes and service charges; complimentary boots and parka for use during trip.

Not Included:
Travel to and from Winnipeg; alcoholic beverages; some gratuities; travel insurance; items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, etc.).

Available Extensions:
Please contact ExpeditionTrips for rates and details on extending your trip.
Extra Day in Winnipeg (pre-trip):
Includes: Airport transfers; hotel accommodations; breakfast and lunch; guided tour of Winnipeg; guided tour of the Manitoba Museum; entrance fees. From $260 per person.
Northern Helicopter Option:
This exclusive helicopter flight over the tundra is an exciting way to view the North’s fascinating wildlife. Track migrating caribou, arctic fox and the mighty polar bear from a unique aerial perspective. From $560 per person.


PHOTOS: © Eric Rock (NHA); © Glen Delman (NHA); ©Colin McNulty (NHA); © Mike Bruscia (NHA); © Megan Emmett (NHA)